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Old 14 Dec 2013, 12:11 am
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You guys must have some experience with wheel repairs and resurfacing.

In the used 2005 Dream Cruiser that I bought recently, one of the warts is a dented wheel edge. Just the lip/edge, not the wheel itself There are new tires on her. So, I assume that there isn't any damage that would be of concern (keeps air just fine).
So, my concern is just cosmetics.

All my local tire shops refer me to the same place, Wheel Connection In OKCity.
Apparently, although I have alloy wheels, they are painted. I can see curb rash and scuffs below the paint on other wheels too.

The shop's owner tells me that if they do repair the dent and heat the wheel to do so, it will need repainted.
He quotes $285 for the one wheel.

He also noted that he could do a deal for repair and restoring all the wheels for $485....although he said that he would not use the bright silver OEM paint.

Does this sound reasonable?

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Old 14 Dec 2013, 12:27 am
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Go take a look at Tire Tack - for that ~ $500 you can have brand new wheels shipped to your house (or a tire place).
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Old 14 Dec 2013, 09:14 am
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You guys must have some experience with wheel repairs and resurfacing.

In the used 2005 Dream Cruiser that I bought recently, one of the warts is a dented wheel edge. Just the lip/edge, not the wheel itself There are new tires on her. So, I assume that there isn't any damage that would be of concern (keeps air just fine).
So, my concern is just cosmetics.

All my local tire shops refer me to the same place, Wheel Connection In OKCity.
Apparently, although I have alloy wheels, they are painted. I can see curb rash and scuffs below the paint on other wheels too.

The shop's owner tells me that if they do repair the dent and heat the wheel to do so, it will need repainted.
He quotes $285 for the one wheel.

He also noted that he could do a deal for repair and restoring all the wheels for $485....although he said that he would not use the bright silver OEM paint.

Does this sound reasonable?

If he is not going to restore the original finish I would go for a different route. They are in fact powder coated originally. But refurb wheels are painted. He should be using the correct color code. IMHO. Look for another set or online for other replacement wheels.
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Old 14 Dec 2013, 01:50 pm
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If he is not going to restore the original finish I would go for a different route. They are in fact powder coated originally. But refurb wheels are painted. He should be using the correct color code. IMHO. Look for another set or online for other replacement wheels.
This was my gut feeling too, Busted.....why pay that unless they were restored to original condition?

Yes, I have dealt with TireRack in the past with satisfaction....but....
I want to stay with the OEM wheels.
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This was my gut feeling too, Busted.....why pay that unless they were restored to original condition?

Yes, I have dealt with TireRack in the past with satisfaction....but....
I want to stay with the OEM wheels.





I understand you on this one. It's part of what you were looking for with this PT when you bought it.
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Old 14 Dec 2013, 06:58 pm
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Wheel repair is an art and practical experience to do it correctly.. I to have do at least one per year both for myself and customers for specialized or expensive to replace single wheels.. The price you quote is on par with most shops offering the service. HOWEVER I would find a shop that can match the OEM color?
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Old 15 Dec 2013, 12:19 am
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Cool Re: Wheel Refurfacing and Repair

Thanks guys!
That's the advice I needed.
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Old 16 Dec 2013, 08:03 pm
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Today, I believe that I made my decision to "NOT"!

While I was waiting for some paint to dry between coats....
I got down and neglected, dirty, and curb rash wheels on the new 2005 Dream Cruiser.
When I got to using the Mag wheel cleaner, they were looking pretty good.
Using a 3M pad cut into small strips, I was able to get rid of all the corrosion in the edge grooves, or other stains on the spokes.

And, then all I had left was some curb rash.....which I smoothed out with the 3M pad and light sandpaper.
AND, it turns out that my PS2 touch up paint for the 2010 Couture is almost a perfect match to the aluminum paint on the wheels.

The bump in the driver front wheel lip isn't usually very visible when the car is parked at most angles. (But, I know it's there.)
*So, I think that I will clean up the remaining wheels and leave "as is"!


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Later that day....


Not too bad, if I may say so myself!
The chips at the edges were the full thickness of the aluminum paint, to the underlying gray. So, the clumpy brush dobs from the touchup paint bottle were perfect fills.


This is the Driver's side front, which has a 2-3 inch flat dent on the edge...depending on angle viewed.





This is the driver's side rear, which had significant curb rash on the edge of the rims.
(all the white stuff on the tire at the edge of the rim in the picture [Randy] is excess mag polish paste....not yet removed)




I think that I can "live with that"!
(saved $$$$ for mods)
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